The U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) officer told you that you need a waiver before you can re-enter. Don’t panic. There is hope. You’d be surprised how many other Canadian travellers are refused entry to the United States for various reasons.
The misconception amongst some Canadians is that US travel is a birth-right. Obviously it’s not. The burden is on the Canadian traveller to prove to CBP that he/she should not be deemed inadmissible. Here are some reasons why a Canadian can be denied entry:
What should you do next? You’ll need submit an application for a waiver. In this case, you’ll want an I-194 entry waiver which is the result of submitting form I-192, advanced permission to enter as nonimmigrant. The various documents that you will need to submit are essentially to ask U.S. immigration officials to "forgive" your inadmissibility and allow you to enter the United States. Once received, usually the I-194 waiver is good for between 1 and 5 years. Over 60,000 of these waivers are processed each year.
The I-192 waiver application is something you can complete on your own. You can also hire a waiver service to help complete the forms. This community forum can help. Read the waiver discussions, learn as much as you can.
I-194 Waiver Forum is a simple no nonsense community discussion forum for Canadians who have been denied entry into the United States because of a criminal record, having overstayed a previous visit to the U.S., an infectious disease, or other reason.
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